As a large comprehensive high
school, Susan E. Wagner High School is able to offer its students a rigorous
academic program with a wide range of required and elective courses, as well
as college approved courses. Additionally, Wagner High School offers extracurricular
and co- curricular activities including 42 teams and over 50 clubs.
Within this setting, students participate in a Learning Center, based on
their interest and academic performance. Each Center serves as a small
learning community with an exclusively assigned assistant principal,
teacher-coordinator, guidance counselor, dean, attendance assistant.
LEARNING CENTERS AT WAGNER
Academy of Finance
The Academy of Finance is a
four-year program that prepares students to work in the business world in
banks, insurance companies, and the stock market. The Academy is an
exciting, challenging program that includes trips, guest speakers and
competition in the Federal Reserve Challenge. In addition, students
will participate in an internship experience during the summer preceding
their senior year. This will enable students to gain firsthand
experience in the business world.
Academy of Language and Culture
The Academy of Language and
Culture is a four year program that prepares students for the diverse world
in which we live. The Academy allows students to explore various
languages and cultures. Students accepted into our esteemed Academy
will have the opportunity to enroll in courses that emphasize the mastery of
languages, SAT preparation, and cultural awareness. Members of the
Academy will participate in various events that allow them to build and
develop leadership and organizational skills. Students may take part in
internships, field trips, international trips and other exciting events
allowing for a full hands-on learning experience.
Academy of the Sciences
The Academy of the Sciences offers
a multifaceted curriculum and co-curricular approaches to medical technology
education with an emphasis towards “hands on” learning. Students
receive training which prepares them for a career in the field of health care
and medical technology. This includes forensics, EMT, MedTech, as well
as other areas.
Air Force Junior ROTC
The goals of AFJROTC are to
instill in high school cadets the values of: citizenship, personal
responsibility and accomplishment. The program encourages the development of
self reliance, discipline, leadership, and a respect for a democratic
society. The students have the opportunity to participate
in various field trips, summer programs, and leadership positions.
The Entrepreneurs Academy is an
in-school entrepreneurship program and global business simulation that draws
on the tradition of apprenticeships, transforming students into business
executives and classrooms into office settings. Open to all students,
this learning center empowers and motivates participants to develop a range
of academic, business, technology, and professional skills that prepares them
for success in post-secondary education, employment, and the community.
The Exploration Academy offers
students an opportunity to investigate the complex relationships among
geography, politics, technology and the ways in which people live in the 21st
century. Based upon the Human Geography curriculum, the
interdisciplinary nature of this learning center enables students to discover
and apply the key ideas that connect the traditional academic subject areas.
Institute for Law and Politics
Students may apply for admission
to this program, which offers enriched law and law-related courses.
Activities available to the students include the Law Partnership
program, which provides an internship with our partners from the world of law
Institute for the Theatrical Arts
Theatrical Arts offers a
comprehensive program of study which includes all aspects of theatre.
Courses include: acting, stage design, musical theater, directing, and play
writing. The Theatre Department plays a large role in producing the
annual spring musical. Recent shows include: In the Heights, Les Miserables,
Guys and Dolls, and West Side Story. In addition to the musical, theatre
students have the opportunity to showcase their talents in Sing, holiday and
spring shows, and dramatic theatre productions.
The Leadership Academy provides a
unique setting where students and teachers work in non-traditional classrooms
and special peer group sessions. The Academy guidance counselor
provides guidance support, and the teacher coordinator provides instruction
in Social Studies and Leadership in the 10th through 12th grades.
The Leadership class focuses on leadership skills and community service.
Media Arts Academy
The purpose of Media is to educate
our students in the basics of media production which includes proper public
speaking techniques and etiquette, professional appearance, working with a
team, and working independently. Additionally, students will be
educated in the basics of preproduction, production, post production, filming
commercials, music videos, editing video, budgeting for productions, and
Music Institute (Performing Arts)
Music offers instrumental courses
for beginning and experienced students, including: symphonic, jazz, concert,
intermediate, beginning and marching bands, beginning and advanced guitar,
and beginning piano. Vocalists of all levels have the opportunity to
perform in the chorus, as well as in Sing and the spring musical. The music
program has won top honors in competition at the NYSSMA Festival held
annually in New York, as well as nationwide in locations including Orlando,
Boston and Virginia.
Students with outstanding academic
ability may apply to our Scholars Academy. Once accepted into our
prestigious Academy, students are enrolled in courses which emphasize
inquiry, critical thinking, and research skills. An interdisciplinary
approach to ideas, concepts, and attitudes guides participants through a
comprehensive and challenging exploration of culture and heritage using the
resources of NYC as an extension of our school.
Sports Management Academy
The Sports Management Academy is a
four year program with a rigorous and informative curriculum based on themes
and trends in the sports industry. Topics will include legal concepts,
sports finance and marketing, anatomy and physiology, sports in film, and
leisure and recreational management. Students will participate in group
projects, internships and various informational excursions to local sports
Visual Arts Academy
The Art Department offers a wide
variety of courses and many opportunities for students to showcase their
skills. In addition to basic and major art courses, special courses in
fashion design, computer graphic design, photography, and portfolio creation
are designed to insure that each student will reach his or her potential
through the creation of original work. Susan E. Wagner High School art
students have numerous accolades from participation in many local, regional,
and national competitions.
The purpose of the Vocational
Preparatory Learning Center is to prepare students for meaningful post
secondary employment. Following a standards based adapted curriculum as
specified by the New York State Department of Education, students also receive
instruction in developing vocationally oriented skills and the opportunity to
apply these skills in a variety of real world work situations. After
their freshman year, students devote an increasing amount of instructional
time either at volunteer worksites or participating in the operation of the
Falcon’s Nest (school store) and Falcon’s Café (eatery) where they receive
hands-on experience in all aspects of operating a modern retailing and dining
INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES
Instructional Support Services at
Susan E. Wagner High School offers a wide array of services and is one of the
more diverse programs in New York City day high schools. These services
are consistent with the philosophy of IDEIA (Individuals with Disabilities
Education Improvement Act of 2004): students are more alike than different
and integrating programs and resources result in improved student outcomes
for all. The services offered are as follows:
· Special classes (NYC diploma bound and/or Career
Development Occupational Skills Seal) with opportunities for
collaborative team teaching and/or general education class placement.
· Special classes (NYC Skills and Achievement Certificate)
where students participate in a Vocational Preparatory Learning Center skills
development programming where they will learn the skills to help them prepare
for meaningful post secondary school employment.
· SETSS (Special Education Teacher Support Services) where
general education students receive academic support in a resource room or
within the context of the general education class.
· Related Services (Counseling, Speech and Language Therapy,
Physical Therapy), Vision Services and Hearing Education Services, and
Adaptive Physical Education.
Students who meet the academic
requirements and who wish to have an enriched program in particular
disciplines may be selected to participate in Honors classes. These
special classes, offered in most major subject areas, provide research
opportunities and supplementary activities.
The Student Government provides
students with the opportunity to gain leadership skills by representing their
student constituents. The S.G. oversees the multifaceted aspect of
extracurricular life that is an integral component to the overall well being
of the Wagner community.
Council for Unity
Council for Unity is a class which
addresses issues relating to school unity and safety and concerns of young
people today. The projects in which they plan and implement directly
contribute to a positive and unified school tone.
Under the supervision of the
Wagner High school Dean’s office, the Mediation Center provides students with
the opportunity to resolve conflicts in a neutral setting. This process
helps students gain a greater understanding of themselves, respect for
other’s points of view and develop mediation and negotiation skills.
Foreign Language Teaching Program
In addition to St. John’s
University partnerships in Spanish, Italian and French, Susan E.
Wagner High School is one of the few schools in New York City that offers
Latin. Students praise the study of Latin for expanding their English
vocabulary and for the etymological connections to many other
languages. Foreign language students may participate in our student teaching
program, traveling to local elementary schools where they teach younger
National Honor Society (NHS)
In order to be accepted into the
National Honor Society at Susan E. Wagner High School, students must meet
requirements in the areas of character, scholarship, leadership, and
service. They must obtain a 90 or above cumulative weighted average,
participate in a club or team, and monitor for a staff member or in the
community for at least one term. They must also be at least a
sophomore. Once inducted, students participate in various drives and
school events and, in the process, develop lifelong friendships.
Students receive perfect
attendance certificates if they are not absent for the fall semester and/or
the spring semester. At graduation, students are honored who have had
perfect attendance for their entire high school career.
Student averages will be computed
and certificates will be awarded at the end of each term through official
classes. Students must maintain, at a minimum, the following overall
averages with no failing classes:
Honor Roll with Distinction – 90% or higher
Honor Roll with Merit – 80% or higher
Award for Academic Achievement
Awarded to students who attain a
final grade of 90% or higher in a subject area.
Award for Citizenship – Special
This certificate is awarded
through the Instructional Support Services Department to students who have demonstrated
significant achievement and participation in school service activities.
THE UNIVERSITY AT SUSAN E. WAGNER
Our University Program offers
eligible students the opportunity to take many college level courses, which
total well over 80 college credits. Additionally, this program offers
SAT/ACT Preparation and the opportunity for students to take high school
courses that have received College Preparatory certification.
Our students may earn college
credits by taking Advanced Placement courses, which culminate in the
examinations given each spring. The academic rigor associated with the
curriculum of these courses, as well as the higher weighting, provides
students with a great advantage when applying to colleges and universities.
Advanced Placement courses are offered in Biology, Calculus AB, English
Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition, French
Language, Spanish Language, World History, Human Geography, U.S. Government
& Politics, United States History.
Students participate in
college-level or college preparatory courses tuition-free. These
courses are given either before or after the regular school day. Course
offerings are in areas of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Business,
Communications, Criminal Justice, English, Entrepreneurship, Humanities,
Mathematics, and Science. Students receive college and high school
credit. College Now courses are offered through CUNY colleges. Students
also may participate in freshman orientation courses designed to assist them
in making a smooth transition from high school to college.
St. John’s University College
E. Wagner High School is partnered with St. Johns University in providing
students with the opportunity to earn college credits while taking
challenging courses during their regular school day schedule. The
academic rigor associated with the curriculum of these courses provides
students with a great advantage when applying to colleges and
universities. Additionally, students can earn college credit which
translates into a huge financial benefit since these courses are accepted by
most major universities. These courses include: Italian Grammar,
Italian Culture, French in Action/Advanced Placement French, French Culture,
Spanish Grammar I, Spanish Grammar II/Advanced Placement Spanish, Advanced
Placement Biology I, Advanced Placement Biology II, Advanced Placement
Literature and Composition, Opera, Accounting, Digital Photography, Drawing
and Illustration, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics, Advanced Acting, U.S.
History and World Geography.
Wagner College Pre-College
Susan E. Wagner High School is
partnered with Wagner College to offer college-credit courses to highly
motivated and academically skilled 11th and 12th grade
high school students at their 105 acres of beautifully landscaped, safe,
state-of-the-art Staten Island campus. The first type of pre-college
program is designed to run the entire academic semester while the second
program allows students to take accelerated college courses over the summer.
The course offerings
include: Filmmaking, History, Microbiology, Theatre, and Ways of
Knowing – Paths to College Success.
SAT Preparation Program
SAT preparation is offered via www.khanacademy.org, free of charge.
This website links with each student’s Collegeboard account to provide
personalized help for the SAT. Additionally, prep courses are available
offsite by numerous test prep companies including Princeton Review,
Revolution Prep, TestTakers, and Kaplan. Contact information is available in
the College and Career Office.
College Preparatory Course
This certification is designated
to high school courses that are academically rigorous. A careful
quantitative analysis by the New York City Department of Education has
determined that students who pass these courses have a higher rate of college
persistence. At Wagner High School the following courses meet this
criteria: Anatomy and Physiology, Forensics, Pre-Calculus, Psychology
and Virtual Enterprise.
COLLEGE AND CAREER OFFICE
The College and Career Office
offers services such as one-to-one advising, college presentations, college
visits, College Newsletters, college catalogue files, college applications
and college entrance exams. The College and Career Center, located in
the school library, provides access to Naviance, the college related website
and SAT/ACT tutorial.
Susan E. Wagner High School uses
Naviance, a web-based service designed especially for students and
parents. This program allows us to track and analyze data about our
students’ college and career plans, make recommendations for each student,
and send documents to colleges. Students use Naviance to build resumes,
complete on-line surveys, research scholarships, and manage timelines and
deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers. They also
use it to research colleges by comparing GPA, standardized test scores, and
other statistics to actual historical data from students who have already
applied from our high school. Unlike other computer platforms, Naviance
allows us to upload student data into the system to increase the accuracy of
their research and facilitate their decision making. Naviance has been
invaluable to the College Office in its efforts to reach out to each and
LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
Wagner High School offers a
comprehensive library collection which provides students Internet access and
extensive research resources. Librarians are informed of all class
projects enabling them to support our students in their research
endeavors. The library also has a desktop and laptop computer lab for
students to complete research and other technology related instructional
The Library Media Center is
available for student use on a daily basis from 7:20 A.M. to 2:30
P.M. Additional services include: Homework Hub which takes place
Wednesday through Friday from 2:30 – 3:15 P.M., and the College and Career
Center which provides access to Naviance, the college related website and
At pupilpath.com, parents and
students can access our online grade book and attendance system.
Pupilpath allows both parents and students to see attendance, class
assignments, exam scores, and other information from individual classes,
including transcript and standardized test score information. The
system also allows parents, students, and teachers to contact one another via
NYC SCHOOLS ACCOUNT
With the NYC Schools Account, you
will be able to view your child’s attendance, grades, and contact information
in one of ten languages on a computer, phone or tablet. You must be your
child’s parent or legal guardian and live at the same address as he or she to
create an account. For more information and registration, please contact our
Kid Connect is an online resource
that provides students and parents access to real life, evidence based video
and print resources of the following topics: Attendance and
Achievement, Bullying and Violence Prevention, Character Development and Life
Skills, College and Career Readiness, Culturally Relevant Education, Drug and
Alcohol Prevention and Digital Citizenship.
Wagner High School offers our
students a wide range of Guidance and Academic Intervention Services
(tutoring) to assist students in meeting academic expectations. These
services are offered before, during and after the school day. This
includes intense Regents/tutoring immediately prior to these exams which are
scheduled in January, June and August. National Honor Society
Peer Tutoring is available during all lunch periods and Liberty
Partnership (CSI student/tutor) tutoring is available from 8:00 A.M. through
2:00 P.M. in the school library.
Our innovative Technology program
offers students a stimulating program with a variety of business courses
including Microsoft and Adobe applications. Wagner High School’s
technology infrastructure includes seven computer classroom labs, a Library
desktop and laptop lab and over 100 classrooms equipped with SmartBoard and Promethean interactive whiteboards. The entire school building is completely
wired for Internet access via a dedicated T3 line. Our network includes
wireless access points in all classroom and laboratory areas.
COORDINATOR OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES
The Coordinator of Student
Activities oversees the election of Student Government officers, and school
events such as the New Student Luncheon and the International Festival.
The COSA oversees all grade extra-curricular activities including senior events,
such as the senior trip and prom. The COSA also promotes student
involvement in clubs and develops leadership skills through student
involvement in implementation and facilitation of all the above.
At Wagner High School, our Parent
Coordinator runs a very active office assisting parents with issues or
concerns that may arise during the high school experience. The Parent
Coordinator will help parents navigate their way through the educational process
and is available during regular school hours, and after school. The
goal of the Parent Coordinator is to work interactively between the school
and parent community fostering a partnership that leads to academic success.
It is the mission of our Alumni
Association, the Susan E. Wagner Foundation, Inc., to reunite those who
participated in the successes, both past and present, of our school.
The Foundation reaches out to graduates to further the goals of SEWHS by
raising funds through donations from multiple sources including graduates,
local businesses and large corporations. These funds will be used for
academic enrichment, support for extracurricular activities, capital
improvements and college scholarships. To join the Alumni Association,
please go to www.wagnerhigh.net, Alumni Directory, to enter
CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES
Arena (Video Game)
ASPCA (Paws for a Cause)
Black Box Theatre
Blue Out (Pep Rally)
Chess / Board Game
Federal Reserve Challenge
Gay Straight Alliance
Korean Fan Dance
Modern Korean Dance
National Honor Society
New Student Luncheon
Senior Faculty Games
Smash Brothers (Video Game)
Sports Data Analysis
Student Government Senate
Wagner Pride Parade
Basketball, Flag Football, Football Softball, Volley Ball
Winter / Spring Concerts
Baseball – Jr.
Basketball – Jr.
Cross Country –
Football – Jr.
Indoor Track –
Outdoor Track –
Badminton – Varsity
Basketball – Varsity
Basketball – Jr. Varsity
Bowling – Varsity
Cross Country – Varsity
Flag Football – Varsity
Golf – Varsity
Gymnastics – Varsity
Handball – Varsity
Indoor Track – Varsity
Lacrosse – Varsity
Outdoor Track – Varsity
Softball - Varsity
Softball –Jr. Varsity
Stunt (Cheerleading) Varsity
Swimming – Varsity
Table Tennis – Varsity
Tennis – Varsity
Volleyball – Varsity
Volleyball – Jr. Varsity